Gus wants to keep his Spiders
Boss hopes his squad want to stay
Queen’s Park gaffer Gus MacPherson says he is hopeful of keeping the majority of his players this season.
In seasons past, QP have struggled to hold on to their star performers as clubs with bigger budgets swoop.
However the 46-year-old doesn’t expect the same exodus this summer and said the good dressing room atmosphere, combined with their improved season, will make his players want to stay.
He explained: “Without putting a figure on it, I’m hopeful the majority of players would want to stay.
“We have a good group here who enjoyed the season and that makes a big difference.
“First things first - we’ve got to be sure about who wants to stay. I spoke to the players last week and they want time to think about things.
“It’s like that at any level of football this time of the year though, they want to access their options.
“They’re all good guys and I would expect them to let us know by the weekend.”
The former St Mirren manager guided Queen’s to second in League Two - a massive turn around considering they finished bottom the season before.
And they were unlucky to lose out in the play-off final against Stenhousemuir 2 -1 on aggregate.
Gus hopes that the improvement will also help to attract new players to Hampden over the summer.
He added: “I think it helps, it can help when you try and bring in new players as well, as they can see you had a good season and would want to join up.
“With regards to bringing players in, I’d expect us to try and get four of five fresh faces, but obviously that depends on who wants to stay.”
Queen’s Park are also looking for a new Head of Youth Football. The position is currently advertised on the QP website, and states “the successful candidate will have a proven track record in a footballing environment as well as holding, or working towards, a Scottish FA Youth License qualification, or equivalent”. For more information visit www.queensparkfc.co.uk
Gus MacPherson hopes the core of his squad stays put
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